Adrian Aguilera (b. 1981, Monterrey, Mexico) is a curator and process-based artist whose work uses the printed media as a symbol for mechanical reproduction of the natural world and its potential of deconstruction of cultural meaning. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Leun'un ArteHabitación (San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico), Centre Culturel du Mexique (Paris, France), and Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin, TX). He received his BFA in painting from the University Autonomous of Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 2004. He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.
David Bae is a Texas-based artist living and working in Austin. He received his BFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis. He received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 after which he moved to Los Angeles. In 2011, he was the Starr Fellow at the Royal Academy Schools in London, England. His work loosely uses portraiture as a framework to make self-referential and self-mocking paintings that reflect on day-to-day concerns.
Andrea de Leon
Andrea de Leon is a Texas-based artist currently living in Austin. Her experience growing up in Monterrey, Mexico has deeply influenced the way she approaches her work. Having studied Architecture and Industrial Design at Savannah College of Art and Design in her early college career has lead her to engage in other interests in the art realm such as metalsmithing, sculpture, installation, ceramics, painting and photography. Andrea received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2012. Since then she has been working with glass and metal and doing residencies to further enhance her skills. She is currently teaching at Creative Side Jewelry Academy while maintaining an active studio practice and working on custom knives and jewelry.
My work examines female roles and representation found throughout history and mythology. I pull from a variety of sources, using mixed references and visual fragments to construct new versions of recurring figures and familiar narratives. I intend the image to be at once identifiable and ambiguous, inviting the viewer’s imagination and personal associations to inform their interpretation.
My process begins with research and study. I pull visual inspiration and ideas from a wide variety of sources including film, literature, folk art and music. I then rearrange these fragments of imagery and information to create paintings, illustrations and drawings. This process allows me to explore an array of interests that range from Victorian spinsterhood to classic ghost stories and the archetypal witch figure. Most recently, my research has focused on folk superstitions and witch tales from the Ozark and Appalachian regions.
Betelhem Makonnen is a conceptual artist whose work explores questions about presence, place and perception in the context of time and change. She primarily works with time based media as well as installations. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. A native of Ethiopia (b. 1972, Addis Abeba), she currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Amanda Linn McInerney is a Texas-based visual artist and printmaker. She is one of the co-founders of Artist Screen Printing Cooperative where she teaches screen printing to the public. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2004 and continued her printmaking career in San Diego, California until she moved to Austin in 2010. Inspired by electron microscopy, her work consists of simple compositions to emphasize the organic growth of life and chaotic scenes to display stress and tension. Currently her work is based on mortality and traditional burial practices of Native American tribes.
Elaine I-Ling Shen
Elaine I-Ling Shen is a Texas-based artist whose work grapples with questions of inherent nature, impulse and mutability. With a philosophical approach, Shen primarily uses photography, sculpture and installations to explore those themes. Her current practice involves living elements or materials that change over time; unpredictability, a built-in part of Shen’s process, is welcome and essential fuel for her investigations.
Shen earned her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA from Yale University. She has taught at Fordham University and the University of Texas and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Fusebox, an inter-disciplinary arts organization that champions adventurous projects.
Rachel Wolfson Smith
Rachel Wolfson Smith is a full time artist living and working in Austin, TX. Originally from Baltimore, MD, she earned her BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA in Painting from Indiana University. After following the Corot trail in Italy as an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant recipient, she spent six years as an Art Professor at Indiana University and Western Oregon University. She's been an artist in residence at Halka Sanat in Istanbul, and the Babyan Culture House in Ibrahimpasa, Turkey, and will spend the next six months creating permanent works for six fire stations as the recipient of the AFD Residency Grant through Austin's Art in Public Places program.
Sara Vanderbeek is an Austin-based artist, independent art consultant, and curator. Her artwork has been included in several solo and group shows nationally, including the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio), Art Palace (Houston), The Contemporary (Austin), Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio), Women & Their Work (Austin), Big Medium (Austin), Deitch Projects (New York), Christie’s Auction House (New York), grayDUCK Gallery (Austin) and Co-Lab Projects (Austin.) She was a founding member of the Austin-based ICOSA Collective where she currently serves as President. She earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.